So you want to know about the East Windsor Historical Society…
Well, maybe you didn’t ask specifically, but here’s a little info anyway.
Scantic Academy Museum
This is our museum, located at 115 Scantic Road, East Windsor, Connecticut. The 2-story brick structure was built as a school in 1817 and remained as such until 1938. It was doing a whole lot of nothing (sometimes rented by the Scantic Congregation Church) until it was bought by L. Ellsworth Stoughton in 1946. He maintained it as a rental property with the top and bottom floors acting as apartments. In 1966, he donated the top floor to the East Windsor Historical Society, Inc. to act as a museum. In 2000, the building was renovated completely and restored with historical integrity. Since that time it has been the town of East Windsor’s museum, housing hundreds of artifacts and acting as a resource for historical records and research. We, the dedicated few that volunteer every Saturday, call it “East Windsor’s Attic” a place where families can store forgotten but valuable memories.
Over the past 5 years, there has been a big effort to catalog and scan all of the documents, pictures, and artifacts into a computerized database. We’ve been creating this massive to archive and protect our treasures so that they might never be lost or destroyed. It’s still a slow process (can only get so much accomplished on Saturday mornings when good folks stop by and want to chat) but it has proved most helpful to individuals looking for a piece of their family’s past.
So that’s the main building. But wait! There’s more! Behind curtain number two…
This is the Barber Shop. It was previously located on Main Street in the Broad Brook section of town.
I should take a moment to clarify that we have 5 villages in the town of East Windsor; Broad Brook, Warehouse Point, Melrose, Windsorville, and Scantic. Now know this very well: if you grew up in town and you are from a particular village, you inherently think your village is the best village. For example, I am from Broad Brook and if you ask me (or a fellow Broad Brookian) where we are from we will always say “Broad Brook” and not “East Windsor”. We have our own zip code, you know. Some of us will joke that it is the capital of East Windsor. For many years, Broad Brook and Warehouse Point have had a sibling rivalry, one always thinking it is better than the other. Warehouse Point and Broad Brook are primary areas of business and travel, so they are the most populated. Melrose, Scantic, and Windsorville, however, are proud villages as well. Scantic at one point was the center of town, being the primary point of settlement on the East side of the Connecticut River in the 1600’s as Windsor was developing. We’ll detail each of the villages to great length in later posts.
Back to the Barber Shop. It was moved to the academy’s property on the back of a flatbed truck in February of 1967. More detail to come on this as well! It certainly deserves its own post as it is rich with history.
The old Probate Court. This was moved on the back of a similar flatbed truck from Warehouse Point. Currently it’s a bit of a storage bin, collecting books and other various assortments, but its renovation is next on our long list of “To Do” items.
Lastly, the barn…
I’m not entirely sure when the original barn was built, but the addition was added in 2003 with a good ol’ fashioned barn raising. Contractors and volunteers worked to build the structure that now houses our farming and tobacco equipment, as well as our tractor.
So this gives you a glimpse of what our museum has to offer. We’re open every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and all are welcome! Admission is free!